Alabama A&M focused on season opener against MTSU

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -  There's no more scrimmaging for Alabama A&M. It's game week and time for the Bulldogs to hit someone other than themselves.

For the second straight year, head coach James Spady is taking his team on the road to open the season against an FBS opponent. In 2015, they played Cincinnati. This Saturday, it's Middle Tennessee.

Coach Spady says he feels better about this team than he has with any group he's had since taking over at A&M.  He'll get a chance to see what his Bulldogs are made of early on against a solid Conference USA team. He expects his team to compete and give the Blue Raiders a run for their money.

"If you're going to play the game you might as well play to win it," Spady told WHNT News 19. "We aren't going to go down there and take a back seat to Middle Tennessee just because they are FBS. We are going to try and win the game, so I think it's really important for us to gauge where we are to be honest with you. They're a heck of an opponent. For us to get a beat on that, and that's going to be one our goals, to find out where we are at the end of the game."

The Bulldogs leave for Murfreesboro on Friday. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 6 o'clock.